Lost George Michael Hit “Waltz Away Dreaming”

Waltz Away Dreaming cover

Although most in America lost track of George Michael after “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. I”, he remained a huge star everywhere else. His 1996 album “Older” spawned five Top-3 singles in the U.K. (including two number ones). And he was hugely prolific in terms of releasing one-off singles and participated in many collaborations.

For anyone clamoring for more unreleased George Michael music, there is a treasure trove of released tracks that weren’t heard here except by the faithful scouring the import bins at record stores. This song is one of those gems, released in 1997 and hitting No. 10 on the U.K. charts. George was guesting on the song, written by Irish singer Toby Bourke who was signed to George’s label Aegean.

Anyhow, check it out. It’s tender and lush, tinged with sadness perhaps because George’s mother had died just before they recorded it. It could be the basis for a whole movie itself like “Last Christmas”. Why not a series of George Michael-inspired movies? There’s a series now called “Heartstrings” based on Dolly Parton songs.

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